Runner’s review of 2012 Hurt in the Dirt
If you are looking for a â€śfunâ€ť mud run this is not for you. Hurt in the Dirt lives up to its name. Itâ€™s the real deal. So real, Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong dominated the duathlon course as a solo participant. He finished the trail run and mountain bike race more than a minute ahead of a two man team. The course of run, bike, run, bike is all off road â€“ in the dirt. Hereâ€™s where the hurt comes in. The mountain bike section is long, exposed to the sun and the race starts at 4:30 p.m. in the blazing heat. The trail run is, in my opinion, pretty robust. It will rattle your fillings.
Fifteen miles in and Iâ€™m dizzy, disoriented and winded. Gasp. Iâ€™ve just started my second rotation on the mountain bike. Iâ€™ve just looked down and realized Iâ€™m not wearing my outer shorts (the shorts with all my tools in the pockets). They are lying forgotten next to my running shoes a mile from here. Gasp. Yup, Iâ€™m in only a thin pair of tri shorts – otherwise known as spandex (please donâ€™t tell my friends). Was I that out of it when I grabbed my bike? Gasp. Brain not working at 100%. Maybe not even 50% right now. Gasp. Inventory time: no tube, no bike tools, no patch kit. Oh well I made it the previous ten miles on the bike without a flat or a mechanical issue. I should be fine. I am a mountain biker and a marathon runner, grrrr! Think no flats, no flats, no flats. Well shitâ€¦Iâ€™ve got a flat. Note to self for next year: go tubeless and slime the tires.
Hurt in the Dirt is an off road duathlon at Fort Buenaventura State Park in Ogden, Utah. Approximately 20 miles of fairly non-technical mountain biking, held in four 5 mile loops, and close to 8 miles of trail running, held in four 2 mile loops. It involves running through a river and dodging/jumping trees that cover the trails. There are two aid stations, one on each loop and another aid station at the bike/runner exchange. Hurt in the Dirt provides water, sports drinks, snacks and gels at these stops.
Things youâ€™ll need: endurance, a mountain bike/cross bike, helmet, hydration pack, gels/electrolytes, spare tubes, pump, running shoes, bike shoes and sunscreen. I recommend you also use salt pills, bring gloves, tubeless-slimed-tires and upgrade the running shoes to full on trail shoes. You will see the worst of the obstacles four times each, so bring a sense of humor.
For more, or to get yourself ready for next year, go to www.hurtinthedirt.com